Definitions of canon

  1. See Carom.
  2. a collection of books accepted as holy scripture especially the books of the Bible recognized by any Christian church as genuine and inspired
  3. a complete list of saints that have been recognized by the Roman Catholic Church
  4. a rule or especially body of rules or principles generally established as valid and fundamental in a field or art or philosophy; " the neoclassical canon"; " canons of polite society"
  5. a contrapuntal piece of music in which a melody in one part is imitated exactly in other parts
  6. a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall
  7. A law or rule.
  8. A law, or rule of doctrine or discipline, enacted by a council and confirmed by the pope or the sovereign; a decision, regulation, code, or constitution made by ecclesiastical authority.
  9. The collection of books received as genuine Holy Scriptures, called the sacred canon, or general rule of moral and religious duty, given by inspiration; the Bible; also, any one of the canonical Scriptures. See Canonical books, under Canonical, a.
  10. A catalogue of saints acknowledged and canonized in the Roman Catholic Church.
  11. A member of a cathedral chapter; a person who possesses a prebend in a cathedral or collegiate church.
  12. A musical composition in which the voices begin one after another, at regular intervals, successively taking up the same subject. It either winds up with a coda ( tailpiece), or, as each voice finishes, commences anew, thus forming a perpetual fugue or round. It is the strictest form of imitation. See Imitation.
  13. The largest size of type having a specific name; - so called from having been used for printing the canons of the church.
  14. The part of a bell by which it is suspended; - called also ear and shank.
  15. A law or rule in general, especially regarding religious doctrines; the books of the Holy Scriptures received as authoritative by the Christian Church.
  16. A narrow deep passage between hills or mountains. Also, canyon.
  17. A deep gorge or ravine between high and steep banks, worn by water- courses.
  18. A law or rule, esp. in ecclesiastical matters: the genuine books of Scripture, called the sacred canon: a dignitary of the Church of England: a list of saints canonized: a large kind of type.
  19. A law or general rule; a dignitary of the Church of England.
  20. A rule or law; standard.
  21. The books of the Bible that are recognized by the Church as inspired.
  22. A dignitary of the Church of England.
  23. A deep gorge or ravine.
  24. A deep precipitous gorge.
  25. A law or rule, specially in Church matters; the book of Holy Scriptures received as genuine by the Church; a dignitary of the Church, who possesses a prebend or revenue allotted for the performance of divine service in a cathedral or collegiate church; a catalogue of saints, acknowledged and canonized by the Romish Church; the rales, or the book containing the rules, of some monastic order; a kind of continual fugue; one of the largest kinds of type; an instrument used in sewing up wounds Canon law, a collection of ecclesiastical laws.
  26. In Church affairs, a rule or law in discipline or doctrine; a rule in general; a catalogue of saints; the Holy Scriptures, called the sacred canon; a repeating piece of music; every last step in the fore leg of a horse; in print., a large size of type; canon law, the laws that regulate church government.
  27. In Western America, a deep gorge or ravine between high and steep banks.